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ANC-mayor ‘s car stoned at cholera victims’funeral, councillor’s house torched
In Pietersburg/Polokwane on January 22, an ANC-municipal councillor's house was torched. It's believed this is a 'cholera-related protest against the leadership' -- with the tenth official cholera death (unofficially, it’s 25) recorded in Limpopo province in South Africa since November last year.
Police superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the unnamed councillor's house in the Greater Tubatse Municipality – which supplies water-reticulation services to the entire region - was burnt down on Monday.
Monday's incident followed another attack on another ANC-leader, local mayor Ralepane Mamekoa on Saturday, while he tried to attend a mass-funeral for fifteen cholera victims which the authorities insist didn’t die of cholera. His car was hit with countless stones and all the car windows broken.
Community spokesman Fanny Matsunyane confirmed that the attack on the mayor was due to the fact that people blamed his poor water-reticulation service for the cholera epidemic. Matsunyane claims that the municipality ‘s clean water tanks, provided to stop people from drinking from the river, quickly run dry. "And the community is worried that people who are admitted for cholera are dying and that the municipality is not communicating their plans to assist in stopping this," he said. The municipality provides tanks with clean water to stop people from going to streams, and he fears more deaths: noting that every time the clean-water supply has been depleted, people go back to using the cholera-infested river water.
1980/1 CHOLERA OUTBREAKS IN KZN AND BOPHUTHATSWANA
NEWSCLIPPING, RAND DAILY MAIL - This is an experience I have personally also observed during the 1980/1 cholera epidemics I reported on for the Rand Daily Mail newspaper. Two cholera outbreaks occurred simultaneously in Northern KwaZuluNatal and in the then-homeland of Bophuthatswana near Pretoria. See the report from the Rand Daily Mail published at the time, reporting that the SA Army ‘s quick action had saved many thousands of lives. Both regions were sealed off by the SA Army medical service and a large number of rehydration tent sites set up at Catholic mission station hospitals and government clinics to control the outbreaks. It was found that both rivers feeding into these regions were infected with cholera. Hundreds of water-tankers from the military were sent out, driven by young soldiers who were taking clean water around to all these communities. They were invariably greeted with ululuing and great cheer, and the free water-purification tablets and packets which were handed out during the military’s cholera-prevention meetings were all snapped up by the thousands. As soon as the water-tanks emptied out and fresh supplies didn’t arrive in time, however, back they all went, into the river, swimming in it, drinking from it, and defacating in it. Teams of soldiers were constantly searching the river banks, trying to keep the kids from swimming in the rivers. And the water-purification packets we noticed were sold as ‘cholera-medicine’ at roadside stands and local spaza shops. Combating cholera in South Africa is a major undertaking – and the Limpopo provincial health department is barely coping. Without the help of the International Red Cross, which has also set up several clean water-reticulation sites, the epidemic could be a lot, lot worse… The pictures were taken by my late husband, press photographer Pierre Oosthuysen.
This week the local municipality, which manages water supply to the entire Tubatse region, said that they had budgeted R18m (about $1million) to combat the epidemic. This money has to come from their very small taxpayer-base. The central government still has not sent any cash to help them out with their extra expenses. Spokesman Sizwe Yende also said they didn't know that the clean-water tanks' supplies were depleted so quickly -- promising that they 'would investigate and supply more water wherever there was a need'. http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2457295,00.html
January 22 2009 South Africa was on a collision course with the new president of the United States, Barack Obama, because of his more enlightened approach to addressing human rights, South Africa’s opposition party Democratic Alliance foreign affairs spokesman Tony Leon said on Wednesday.
Leon told the 100 Club in Cape Town that Obama, inaugurated on Tuesday, offered the opportunity for America and the world to look for rights-based and multilateral solutions to the globe's many crises.
- "South Africa, by rights and by inclination, should be a willing and vigorous partner in the plan to reinvigorate a more just world order," he said.
Instead, SA's recent votes and voice in international councils and forums, such as the United Nations, had "put us in the company of the rights-delinquent nations and authoritarian regimes of the world".
"Earlier in January it was revealed, for example, that South Africa refused to support a declaration by the United Nations General Assembly calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality," said Leon.
"What we practise at home, in our constitution and via progressive legislation we contradict abroad for fear of offending some of the most retrogressive authoritarian countries in the world.
"Shortly before Christmas, South Africa's foreign policy was again in the news in Washington - and again for all the wrong reasons. Under the headline 'South Africa's Crime' the highly influential Washington Post decried our government's enablement of Robert Mugabe's 'destruction of neighbouring Zimbabwe, at the cost of thousands of lives'."
January 22 2009 - All the schooling at two South African village shools has been disrupted for a week -- after five tribal seers, “sangomas’ , placed a spell on the school with traditional ‘medicine’ or muti. All the residents in the village of Sefikile near Mogwase in North West Province were immediately gripped by fear and anger and withdrew their kids from school.
The parents now demand that a 'cleansing ritual' must be carried out by these five traditional healers -- which could take as long as a week.
North West province's education department spokesman Charles Raseala said the irate parents withdrew their children from both schools when five sangomas showed up, chanting in the local Venda language, and planted spells.It's not known what this muti (traditional medicine) spell consisted of.
Growing political power of the SA witchdoctors:
This incident is only one of a great many recent examples which illustrates the growing political power of the witchdoctor, the 'traditional healer', the ‘sangoma’, the ‘traditional seer’ in South African politics. And they are growing equally powerful in the medical world. see and see and also see
The South African tribal seers' power has grown ever since September 2004, when a law was passed to register the estimated 200,000 'traditional healers and seers', giving them equal status as medical health-practitioners in South Africa.
This Act has given the traditional healers a strong political power-base – backed by law. There are many incidents now in which local 'traditional leaders', aided by the witch-doctors, have been taking over political hegemony of entire rural regions in South Africa.
And this is the tactics they use: showing up at schools, community halls and even police stations to plant muti-spells – which then forces terrified communities to carry out 'cleansing rituals'. This serves to establish their local power base - and these traditional healers usually work under the direct orders from a local tribal leader or councillor.
There are about 200,000 traditional healers registered under this Act - which was enacted with only one opposing parliamentary vote during the reign of the AIDS-denialist, former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang in the previous Mbeki-cabinet.see
Reports are published daily in the SA news media now about incidents where local and even national politicians use witchcraft – ‘traditional African seers and healers’ - to establish their power base see here , here and here
South African leaders all raised in witchcraft culture
And this should really not be such a surprise: the South African leaders of today were raised in a tradition of witchcraft when they were still in exile. As can be seen on this picture of a torched, tortured socalled ‘sellout’ at Camp Quadro in Angola, left -- the exile camp for ANC and Umkhonte We Sizwe ‘freedom fighters’ -- they often used such traditional African 'witch-hunting methods' in their military training camps to teach youths how to terrorise resistent township residents into submission to ANC-hegemony. And these youths now are running South Africa. see
All these young men - who became the leadership of present-day South Africa -- were taught all the traditional African witchdoctor's skils, such as the purgative powers of fire which became necklacing: placing a burning tyre around a victim's neck -- and also often used is decapitation see
organised rape as a political power tool
Also widely used in the exile camps in Angola was organised rape to terrorise and kill so-called 'cockroaches', or sellouts – also referred to as ipimpi in South Africa. Whenever the word 'cockroach' is used by any witchdoctor or any tribal leader anywhere in Africa, it's a terrible curse, a kiss of death. see
Accusations of consulting traditional seers have even been leveled against both the deposed ex-president Thabo Mbeki and the president of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma recently. A Caribbean voodoo spiritualist had apparently calmed down a restless President Thabo Mbeki soon after he was toppled as ANC leader last year.
And the night before ANC-president Jacob Zuma first appeared in court as an accused in the arms-deal fraud trial, there were strong rumours that he had consulted a traditional seer. see
South Africa's traditional seers practising this campaign of terror against the country’s citizens, are apparently above the law: they have been given equal legal status to the Western medical practitioners in South Africa and even are allowed to administer to their patients even in public state hospitals and |AIDS-TB clinics: see
Ordinary citizens also are seen to use more and more witchcraft. For instance street vendor Mavis Makobeb was arrested by terrified cops while she was gathering dirt from the court-yard of a local police station. The Sowetan newspaper reported that when questioned she readily admitted that she was making muti from the dirt in the yard to stop the cops from arresting her son. see
On Oct 31 2008 in KwaMakhutha, KwaZulu-Natal, classes were also suspended at the KwaMakhutha Comprehensive High School, south of Durban, after some pupils started behaving strangely. School principal Mdu Ngidi said the trouble at the school started when a female pupil began crying 'for no apparent reason'. “We are puzzled by what is happening at the school,” Ngidi said. “It all started with one pupil breaking down and bursting into tears. “When asked why she was crying she explained she had attended her sibling’s funeral the previous day and now needed prayers because she was seeing strange things. “We asked one of our staff members to pray for her. She got better but then the pupils helping her also “ became possessed”. He first contact church leaders to come and pray for the pupils - who were preparing for final year exams. However during the prayer, some peoples started speaking in tongues, and said they 'wanted to drink blood'. The hysterical prayers carried on from 7am until midday. “Some pupils just don’t write exams because they are too sick,” he said. “...Some of our teachers are also affected by what seems to be demons.”
Witchcraft often also is deadly:
The organisation Doctors For Life - representing a large numbers of medical doctors, dentists, veterinaries and other professionals – started warning from 2004 that this Act legalising African witchcraft was very dangerous.
Traditional medicines often are harmful
" Traditional healers should be kept out of South Africa's health care system because traditional medicines were potentially harmful to patients,' they warned.
DFL also predicted that the Bill would provoke more so-called "muti" murders -- made to provide human body parts for traditional healers from people who were alive while the body parts were harvested. Many healers share the belief that "human tissue can make powerful medicine," the doctors' organisation warned.
The Doctors for Life campaigners were correct: ever since the new Act, a gruesome, thriving trade has grown up in South Africa in the trade of human body parts, such as this child’s head which was retrieved from a witchcraft shop in Johannesburg in 2006 by a police team.
A large variety of body parts are being harvested: penises, eyes, noses, vaginas, breasts, heads and limbs - with the hapless victims preferably screaming and fully aware. The 'traditional healers' who order these body parts are almost never prosecuted, even though some victims survive the mutilation see here The live harvesting is necessary, they say, because the victims' pain and fear 'increases the power of the muti.'
Raping virgins cures AIDS
And 'traditional healers' also carry out other, even more horrifying rituals, the ritual of 'opening up the virgin' - usually a toddler or baby girl - so that grown men can rape these children, in the terrifying belief that this would cure them of AIDS.
This terror which is destroying the female children of South Africa also is not expected to abate because South Africa has about 6,1-million people who are infected with the HI-virus.
Biological warfare-strength ‘traditional medicine’
Indeed these traditional healers make some very powerful medicine – so effective that the military’s biological warfare labs would just love to get their hands on this stuff:
- on Sept 22 last year, thirteen members of the 15-member Mazubane family of Dingleton township in Paddock near Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal - which held weekly cleansing rituals of taking a herbal medicine concoction, were found dead, coated in blood. Their horrified neighbour found the family when he'd stopped by to borrow a Bible. Dead were a two-week-old baby, four boys aged between two and seven, a 17-year-old boy, a 21-year-old man, four women in their 30s and two 55-year-olds. It was believed that the 17-year-old boy, a trainee 'traditional healer', (sangoma) had administered the deadly concoction just a few minutes earlier because the blood was still flowing. Police superintendent Zandra Wiid Dingletonemail@example.com said only two male members of the extended tribal family survived - because they weren't at home at the time.
Fears are also growing among white South Africans that they will increasingly be forced to submit to the local-level political rule of the traditional leaders and their witchdoctors. This worry was first raised last year -- in the following debate between a Boer and a black resident who asked why whites shouldn’t submit to ‘traditional tribal customs’ on this video:
The 'traditional healers' who order these body parts are almost never prosecuted even though sometimes, the victims survive the mutilation see here they are far too terrified to ever testify against such powerful men and women.